This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s insecurity – I’m having a lot of trouble getting my book finished.
I finished To Hunt a Sub over six months ago. Then I sent it to agents and received requests for partials and fulls (in truth, many more than I expected), but ultimately passes (which made me wonder if my query was better than my novel. Who knows?). I gave agents almost three months to respond to the query and then figured I needed to move on. I started the process of getting it professionally edited, creating a cover–that sort of stuff to prepare for self-publishing. While doing that, I received two requests for the manuscript. I researched the agencies and they both seemed perfect for my novel so I put everything on hold to wait. They warned me it would be several months.
Plus, I got a nibble on another book I’ve written, this one historic fiction. For those who have followed this blog… forever… you’ve seen it around, but I’ve renamed it Lucy: Story of Man (and again renamed Born in a Treacherous Time). I’m tempted to drop everything and follow the slender thread of interest I’ve gotten on this one. It, above all others, is my passion.
I know–it sounds positive–it IS positive–but I’m frustrated. I wrote To Hunt a Sub years ago. One thing after another got in the way of publishing (like a sequel agents liked better, other writing obligations, life–you know the sort). I can’t move on to my next novel while this one is still in action. I don’t want to start building a new story (with the research and characters and plotting that involves) and then have to return to this one for rewrites.
How do you-all handle that? Can you juggle lots of story balls? Should I figure out how to do that?
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.